How much should we worry about swine flu? How likely are you to be killed in a plane crash? Where will the terrorists strike next? Do you know how many people are killed each year by infections caught while staying in hospital? Household accidents kill thousands every year. The media wants to keep us stressed and alert to their messages. It keeps us watching. It keeps the advertising dollars coming in.
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